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Red Storm WBB to Begin BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday

St John's Women's Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St John’s Women’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

After reaching the conference championship game for the first time since 1988 a year ago, the Red Storm will look to take home the hardware in 2015, kicking off BIG EAST Tournament play on Sunday afternoon against Creighton at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.  Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO.

RED STORM QUICK HITS

  • For the second-straight year, the Red Storm will enter the BIG EAST Tournament following a 20-win regular season.  St. John’s carries a record of 20-9 into Rosemont, marking the fifth time in the last six years that the Red Storm has reached the 20-win plateau.
  • Dating back to the first BIG EAST Tournament played in Providence, R.I., in 1983, the Red Storm possesses an overall record of 23-27 in conference tournament contests.  With a bye to the round of eight in its pocket, 2015 marks the 23rd time that the Red Storm will make an appearance in the quarterfinals.  St. John’s has advanced to the semifinals on seven occasions and has played for the conference title four times.
  • The Red Storm has won the BIG EAST Tournament three times: 1988, 1984 and 1983.
  • Three wins at Allstate Arena will automatically punch St. John’s ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight season.  Having played in every NCAA Tournament since 2010, St. John’s is one of only 19 programs in the nation to hold that distinction.  Overall, the Red Storm has played in the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions.
  • On Tuesday, the BIG EAST announced that three members of the Red Storm had been recognized by the league’s coaches as all-conference honorees.   For the second-straight year, Aliyyah Handford was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team after ranking second in the league and 24th nationally in scoring at 20.2 points per game.  Following a regular season that saw her average 17.1 points and 5.6 points per game, Danaejah Grant was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.  Amber Thompson found a spot on the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention list for the second-straight year in 2014-15.  This season, the Newark, N.J., native leads the BIG EAST in rebounding at 11.1 boards per contest and ranks in the top 17 nationally in that category.
  • At a combined 37.3 points per game, Handford and Grant merge to form the fourth-highest scoring pair of teammates in the nation.  The Garden State natives only trail teammates from Ohio State (Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston), Akron (Sina King and Anita Brown) and Middle Tennessee (Olivia Jane and Cheyenne Parker) in that category.

SCOUTING CREIGHTON

  • The Bluejays are led by junior guard Marissa Janning, the Preseason Player of the Year in the conference and a All-BIG EAST First Team selection.  The Watertown, Minn., native is averaging a team-best 15.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per outing.
  • Creighton also feature’s the winner of the conference’s Most Improved Player award, Alexis Akin-Otiko.  The senior forward from Bellevue, Neb., is averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 boards per contest.
  • The Bluejays rank in the top 10 nationally in two categories: fewest turnovers per game (11.6- 7th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32- 9th).

 ST JOHN’S VS. CREIGHTON- THE SERIES

  • The Bluejays and the Red Storm split their season series this year, with each team claiming a victory on the opponent’s home floor.
  • On Jan. 11 in Omaha, the Johnnies held Creighton to a season-low 38 points.  Less than a month later in Queens, Creighton was lights-out from beyond the arc, draining 12 three-pointers en route to a 75-50 victory at Carnesecca Arena.
  • The Bluejays and Red Storm have a vibrant postseason history despite the two teams having played just seven total games all-time (St. John’s holds a 4-3 advantage in those contests).  In 2012, St. John’s knocked off Creighton in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the program’s first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16.  Last year, the two squads played a double overtime thriller in the BIG EAST Semifinals, a 68-63 victory for the Johnnies.

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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